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“We Are All Hazara” Protests Across Pakistan
Written by Omid Bidar On 13 January 2013 @ 5:55 am | 1 Comment
In Breaking News, Citizen Media, English, Ethnicity & Race, Human Rights, Pakistan, Photos, Politics, Protest, Religion, South Asia, Urdu, War & Conflict, Weblog
Thousands across various cities of Pakistan  and worldwide are showing solidarity with the Hazara Shia minority as their sit-in enters its second day  in the country's southwestern city, Quetta.
In icy rain and out in the open, hundreds of Hazara Shias are gathered at Alamdar Road, along with the coffins of their relatives, the victims of a twin-blast that claimed at least 82 lives  on January 10, 2013. They refuse to bury their dead until Quetta is put under army control.
We Are All Hazara
Since the Quetta sit-in the hash-tag “#WeAreAllHazara ” has been going on and off in Pakistan's Twitter trend list. Pakistani netizens have been showing solidarity with the Shia Hazara  minority regardless of their creed or background.
Hundreds of Pakistanis have been protesting  peacefully in different cities of Pakistan including, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to show support to Shia Hazara community in Quetta, Alamdar Road.
Reactions on Twitter:
Ali Rahman (@Baahirezaman) : A simple question… at #Karachi  Press Club #ShiaGenocide  #WeAreAllHazara  “Am I Next?” @beenasarwar  @anasmallick  twitter.com/Baahirezaman/s… 
Shia Hazaras’ demand
Braving the chilly sub-zero temperature, the participants of the Quetta sit-in have been refusing to bury the dead bodies  of their loved ones unless they received assurance that the state would protect them and their demands are considered. The protesters have ‘vowed', they will not leave until authorities agree to put the security and administration of the city under army control.
A local Shia party official Hashim Mousawi says :
The government machinery has failed, there is no protection for people in Quetta. We will not end our protest until we get an assurance that the Pakistan army will take over security and administrative control in Quetta.
However, a senior administration official Hashim Ghilzai claims  that, “We are trying to convince them to end the protest. We cannot offer them something which is not in our control.”
An online survey carried-out by a private news outlet, The Express Tribune , shows that from 1,952 voters 1,702 call for army intervention in the city .
Similarly, Hazara Democratic Party  also took out a protest rally in Quetta  against terrorist activities in the city, on Jan, 12. The rally took various roads and routes and concluded near the office of Inspector General Balochistan Police. The party chairman, Abdul Khaliq Hazara , has been on a hunger strike  since last night that will continue for 3 days.
Negotiations aimed by Balochistan Governer Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah to convince the Hazara Shia protesters to call off their sit-in ended inconclusively  on January 12.
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan has announced that he will be joining the Quetta sit-in  on 13, Jan.
Since 2001, Hazara Shia Muslims from Quetta — have routinely been targeted by militant groups .
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URLs in this post:
 various cities of Pakistan: http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/in-solidarity-protests-in-cities-against-quetta-bombing/
 sit-in enters its second day: http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/sit-in-continues-in-quetta-hdp-says-provincial-govt-has-failed/
 twin-blast that claimed at least 82 lives: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/01/11/pakistani-activist-khudi-ali-killed-in-bombings-targeting-hazaras/
 #WeAreAllHazara: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WeAreAllHazara&src=typd
 Pakistanis have been protesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20991767
 Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor: http://twitter.com/abidifactor/status/289849431900168192
 #Hazara: https://twitter.com/search/%23Hazara
 #QuettaSitIn: https://twitter.com/search/%23QuettaSitIn
 #WeAreAllHazara: https://twitter.com/search/%23WeAreAllHazara
 twitter.com/abidifactor/st…: http://t.co/Pa8fE201
 Ali Rahman (@Baahirezaman): http://twitter.com/Baahirezaman/status/290112581228720128
 #Karachi: https://twitter.com/search/%23Karachi
 #ShiaGenocide: https://twitter.com/search/%23ShiaGenocide
 beenasarwar: https://twitter.com/beenasarwar
 anasmallick: https://twitter.com/anasmallick
 twitter.com/Baahirezaman/s…: http://t.co/insE9da0
 Image: http://www.demotix.com/photo/1718414/pakistani-journalists-protest-against-twin-bombings-quetta&popup=1
 Adil Shahzeb (@adilshahzeb):: http://twitter.com/adilshahzeb/status/289894688914288640
 #London: https://twitter.com/search/%23London
 #Shiakillings: https://twitter.com/search/%23Shiakillings
 #WeAllAreHazara: https://twitter.com/search/%23WeAllAreHazara
 PTI (@PTIofficial):: http://twitter.com/PTIofficial/status/289989593690955776
 #Quetta: https://twitter.com/search/%23Quetta
 twitter.com/PTIofficial/st…: http://t.co/Pg0wE8fD
 Syed Jalal Hussain (@jalalhussain): http://twitter.com/jalalhussain/status/290076131959386113
 yfrog.com/ocqsytfj: http://t.co/KoXWnLyQ
 Abdul Nishapuri (@AbdulNishapuri):: https://twitter.com/AbdulNishapuri/status/290022140403662849
 shar.es/4wHrG: http://t.co/GU49Xf9k
 refusing to bury the dead bodies: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Shias-in-Quetta-refuse-to-bury-victims-demand-Army-control/articleshow/17994372.cms
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152396347780461.942447.514095460&type=1
 claims: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-83517-Quetta-protesters-vow-to-continue-sit-in
 The Express Tribune: http://tribune.com.pk/
 shows that from 1,952 voters 1,702 call for army intervention in the city: http://tribune.com.pk/story/492578/shias-leaders-call-for-army-intervention-after-quetta-bombs/
 Hazara Democratic Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazara_Democratic_Party
 Abdul Khaliq Hazara: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Khaliq_Hazara_(Politician)
 hunger strike: http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/hazara-democratic-party-leader-on-hunger-strike/
 HDP official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HDPofficial?fref=ts
 ended inconclusively: http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/talks-fail-between-govt-hazara-shia-protestors/
 joining the Quetta sit-in: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-83561-Imran-to-participate-in-Quetta-protest
 Marvi Sirmed(@marvisirmed):: https://twitter.com/marvisirmed/status/290151714504450048
 imrankhanpti: https://twitter.com/imrankhanpti
 raoo512: https://twitter.com/raoo512
 targeted by militant groups: http://dawn.com/2013/01/11/timeline-hazara-killings-in-balochistan/
 #WeAreAllHazara: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WeAreAllHazara&src=tren
 #ShiaGenocide: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ShiaGenocide&src=tren
 #Quetta: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Quetta&src=tren
 #ImranAaRahaHai: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ImranAarahaHay&src=tren
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